It is my pleasure to report that the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has selected Fountain House/Clubhouse International to Receive $1.5 Million to further its work to help those suffering from mental illness to reclaim their lives and realize their potential through work and the support of a caring community.
According to the World Health Organization about 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental and behavioral issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in four people in the US will develop some kind of mental illness during their lives and mental disorders contribute to 90% of the nearly one million global suicides annually.
Fountain House/Clubhouse International affects more than 100,000 people who participate in 340 clubhouses in 32 countries. Large companies including Dow Jones & Company, American Express Publishing, Estee Lauder Companies, Fox Television, HBO, Young & Rubicam, Museum of Modern Art, Pfizer Inc., Cravath Swaine & Moore and many more contribute by employing clubhouse members.
“I have been moved by the fact that Fountain House purposefully depends on people with mental illness for its daily operation from answering phones to designing and running programs and serving on the board of directors,” said Glenn Close, who has been a volunteer at Fountain House New York and a key ambassador of the organization.
“The problem is staggering in its global impact and scale with significant repercussions that adversely affect millions of families and society as a whole,” said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
I am very happy to report that the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Foundation has selected Fountain House/Clubhouse International to receive the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million. I’ve written about the Hilton Foundation in the past when they so graciously invited me to last years award gala and I’m delighted to be able to write about the positive things they are up to again this year.